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From the suitcase of Charlotte Hess

Charlotte Hess, knitwear designer and owner, Isobel & Cleo
Based in Nantucket, MA

Last trip Buenos Aires, Argentina. My two favorite activities: scouring the local artisan markets and horse-back riding in a UNESCO park with Callabos a la Par.

Next trip My boyfriend just moved to California so I’d like my next trip to be to visit him in the Bay Area! Otherwise, my next official non-work trip will be going to my favorite US city, New Orleans, to my college roommate’s wedding.

First thing you do when you check into a hotel I totally check out the toiletries in the bathroom and judge accordingly. Is that awful?

You never leave home without… This is a difficult question for me because I often leave home without everything! I have left my wallet in Scotland, my phone in NYC, had my passport confiscated in Morocco, etc. I happen to know from personal experience that you can get on a plane without your ID. I suppose, if pressed, I’d say I never go anywhere without a leather bag.

You always return home with… antiques, leather bags, yarn and a crazy travel story.

Go-to travel outfit Long, flowy dresses and Rainbow flip flops or sandals. I like to be able to breathe and get my shoes off quickly going through airport security. Though, my business partner gave me a beautiful silver Tiffany bracelet for my birthday last year that I can’t get off my wrist, so now I have to allow an extra 10 minutes with TSA!

Best souvenir In Argentina, I bought 10 sweaters from a local knitwear designer to sell in my Nantucket shop. Her label is called Las Damas de la Mesa Redonda and they sold lighting fast. I think it’s so important to support small handmade business.

Quintessential Nantucket Cisco Brewery is fun for a lot of different types of people. I love bringing food, having locally made drinks and listening to live music.

Favourite destination Kaikoura, New Zealand. Absolutely love the small town beachy vibe, the seal colony, the lavender farm and hopefully there’s still a whitebait fritter stand on the way out to the seal colony.

Worst travel experience I am a hopeless traveller. My family says I should write a book called, You Can’t Make This Up. See my ‘never travel without’ answer. I have missed numerous flights, been stalked, held against my will, shown up for a flight that the airline inadvertently unbooked me for… The list goes on.

Favourite hotel NH Porta Rossa in Florence, Italy. Toiletries! And my room had an incredible fresco on the ceiling, which was beautiful to wake up to in the morning!

Wanderlusting: South America fever

Despite Tim Howard’s record-breaking saves, Wayne Rooney’s shots, Xabi Alonso’s technical skills and Balotelli’s very existence, some of our favourite teams have already been eliminated from the World Cup. We’ve shed our tears, but we’re not going to stop watching just yet – after all, there’s still so much to root for among the surviving eight teams.

Okay, fine, much as we love football, we’re finding all this talk of South American countries is just making us want to take off for each and every one of them. Not only has the whole World Cup has been a visual celebration of one of our favourites – that would be Brazil – but we also find ourselves yearning for the jungles of underdog Costa Rica (okay, it’s in Central America), the colonial-era cities of dark-horse Colombia and late-night tango clubs of fan-favourite Argentina.

Don’t even get us started on Europe.

Wish you were here in Tulum at idyllic, beachfront Las Ranitas, where we’ve just gone for a dip in the warm Caribbean waters and are settling in on the terrace with a fresh tropical fruit juice. Can’t wait to take a nap later. This is how summer should be.

Oh, and it turns out you can be here, too: Las Ranitas is offering 25 per cent off stays of three nights or more this autumn. What are you waiting for?

The stylish and talented Lupita Nyong’o’s first Vogue cover shoot was done at two of our most photogenic (and suitably glam) Marrakech hotels: Ksar Char-Bagh and El Fenn. On our next Morocco trip, we’re taking her wardrobe and make-up team…
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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s first Vogue cover is here!Hamish Bowles catches up with Hollywood’s newest golden girl for the July issue cover. Photographed by Mikael Jansson
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The stylish and talented Lupita Nyong’o’s first Vogue cover shoot was done at two of our most photogenic (and suitably glam) Marrakech hotels: Ksar Char-Bagh and El Fenn. On our next Morocco trip, we’re taking her wardrobe and make-up team…

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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s first Vogue cover is here!

Hamish Bowles catches up with Hollywood’s newest golden girl for the July issue cover.

Photographed by Mikael Jansson

Nantucket, we have a crush on you. As part of our New York editors’ New England road trip, we spent a few days tooling around the iconic summer destination on rental bikes, wandering cobbled streets, making new friends at farm-to-table restaurants and local boutiques, snapping instagrams of the historic clapboard houses, gorging ourselves on fresh fish and local beer, ogling boats and wishing we could stay forever.

Should you make it out to our new favourite island this summer, here are a few finds you can’t miss. (Naturally, we also know the best boutique hotels.) Tell them we sent you…

Isobel and Cleo Founder, designer and most inspiring person ever, Charlotte Hess, won Charleston Fashion Week 2011’s Emerging Designer award and hasn’t looked back since. We want to move into her charming and cosy shop in an historic house on the wharf and wear her super-soft knitted designs every day for the rest of our lives.

Provisions Get your sandwiches right here on the Straight Wharf – the Turkey Terrific is a local favourite – and either gorge yourself while watching the boats (as we did, because we just couldn’t wait) or take them with you for a picnic stop on your bicycle ride to ‘Sconset.

The Proprietors Bar & Table Foodies, us? OK, we admit it. The latest project from the couple behind Nantucket darling American Seasons, this warm and welcoming downtown restaurant has captured the essence of the island’s culture at its most laid-back. Farm-fresh local ingredients, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, delicious and inventive cocktails (trust us, just let your server guide you) and rustic decor…be sure to get a reservation here.

Cisco Brewers Take a cab out Nantucket’s only brewery – and winery and vodka distillery – for an evening spent lounging on the patio, listening to live music, people-watching and sampling the local brews. This is where the locals hang, and you’ll be able to tell them from the out-of-towners. A free shuttle will take you back into town.